The complete surviving 1939 broadcasts, from original recordings of the program as it went on the air live, without modern remastering or reconditioning. There will be occasional flaws in the recordings but there are few flaws in the performances of Jack Benny and company, who were, by now, long enough established as masters of comic timing.
Cast: Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie Anderson (Rochester), Kenny Baker through 18 June, Dennis Day as of 8 October, Don Wilson (announcer).
Music: Don Bestor, Mahlon Merrick, Phil Harris Orchestra (Merrick actually conducted the orchestra and did most of the arrangements, freeing Harris to assume his character as a wisecracking, playboy-like bandleading wastrel who could have been tried by jury for murdering the King's English), Kenny Baker (succeeded by Day).
January 4, 2014 Subject:
Jack Benny and his team are at their best in this group of episodes. What a great team supported by first rate writing.
Don Wilson is one of the top, if not the top announcers and pitchmen of the era. Of course times have changed so far as consumer food products go...
At the end of “Benny vs Allen Fight” episode “Don Wilson raves about Jello Butterscotch pudding...
DON: "It’s the new Jello Butterscotch pudding…. With true butterscotch flavor, and the old fashioned kind. …It’s made with fine wholesome ingredients, the kind you’d use yourself right in your own kitchen. That’s why it has that truly homemade goodness. …good as the kind your mother used to make when you were a youngster. So ask your grocer tomorrow for Jello butterscotch pudding, the real home made kind!"
Now, in 2014 here’s the ingredients in today’s Jello Butterscotch pudding: Sugar, Dextrose From Corn, Corn Starch, Corn Starch Modified, Contains less than 22% of Flavor(s) Natural, Flavor(s) Artificial, Salt, Calcium Carrageenan Thickener, Polysorbate 60 Prevent Scorching, Butter, Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1.
Those were the innocent days of comedy and commercials!
June 10, 2012 Subject:
Here I Am Again
I'm still listening to the old Jack Benny radio programs, and these 1939 programs are still among my favorites. Besides the ones about Carmichael, I recommend The Kentucky Derby and The Women episodes. Both are really ceative and funny.